Have you every used cal command on Linux and Unix. Well those of you, who haven’t cal stands for calendar. It shows the month/years calendar.
I recently got a mail from my friend Pearl Fernandes. It had details about some missing days. The days were missing in the month of September in the year 1752(09/1752).
Not the one to accept the fact given by others I decided to give it a try to typed
cal 9 1752
on the terminal of both my Linux and Macintosh machine.
I found the following baffling results. The day following September 2nd is September 14! Strange but it’s true.
I didn’t have to work hard to find out the reason. Pearl’s mail had an explanation for this too. I verified the facts but there are multiple theories for this. The one below is one of the theory
A month with whole of eleven days missing. This was the time England shifted from Roman Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar, and the king of England ordered those 11 days to be wiped off the face of the month of September of 1752. (What couldn’t a King do in those days?!) And yes, the workers worked for 11 days less, but got paid for the entire 30 days. And that’s how Paid Leave was born. Hail the King!!!
Before that April was the first Month of the year. Even then people didn’t agree to use the Roman Julian Calendar and celebrated 1st April as a New Year then the King announced that, those who celebrate April as the New Year are fools… (April fools…)
Histories are really interesting!!!
So now you know the origin of Paid leave and April Fools’ Day. Hopefully I get few days of paid leave this August.